Ezenwa-Ohaeto Chinua Achebe: A Biography

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Chinua Achebe: A Biography

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'Achebe is the man who invented African literature because he was able to show, in the structure and language of Things Fall Apart, that the future of African writing did not lie in simple imitation of European forms but in the fusion of such forms with oral traditions', says Professor Simon Gikandi of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This biography of Chinua Achebe captures how his personal characteristics have combined with historical events to produce the man who cleared the frontiers of literature for Africa North America: Indiana U Press; Nigeria: HEBN

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... this is, in all senses of the word, a serious biography of Chinua Achebe, and the only one published so far that has set out to document his life in full. - C.L. Innes in WASAFIRI In writing this biography, Ezenwa-Ohaeto achieves for African literary criticism something that he attests Achebe has achieved through his writing: an equal valorisation of an author from the South by the same means and methods usually applied to renowned authors of the North or West. - Eckhard Breitinger in ANGLIA ... All serious scholars of African literature and fans of Chinua Achebe's work in particular will welcome this thorough and readable biography ... A sense of communal pride in Achebe's achievement comes across loud and clear from this biography ... a kind of extended praise song to and of Achebe: intimate, knowing, very well researched but essentially respectful ... this book is a valuable resource which any library with an interest in African literature or the history of West Africa in this century should own. - Stewart Brown in AFRICAN AFFAIRS ... a monumental tribute to an author of international reputation and influence. It is an act of enthusiastic yet diffident celebration of its subject, a work of tireless, devoted and thorough research over an extended period in a style which is for the most part as engrossing and compelling as the life it celebrates. - Douglas Killam in AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY ... he reports, summarizes, and celebrates well. He writes with a certain calm efficiency and at least persuades us to stay with the narrative to the end. Above all, he has done something noble and immensely valuable: he has produced the first full biography on Achebe. - Kwame Dawes in WORLD LITERATURE TODAY

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